Challenge: Getting up from and down to floor to play with his baby
Chris and his wife are awaiting their first child and his team created an elegant device that allows him to get down on the floor to play with his baby and then back up again.
Army Veteran, Chris, has limited mobility and struggles with pain management. As a result, he worried that he would not be able to participate in his newborn daughter’s life and asked for a solution to help him to move between a sitting and standing position from the floor.
“The challenge is important to me for multiple reasons, most of all because my wife is due in July with our first child. I want to be able to be active in my child’s life, to be able to get down on the floor and play with my baby. The thought of having to play spectator to my child's childhood is the motivation to take advantage of any opportunity that may improve my mobility.
I’m hoping that through this program not only that we are able to develop something that helps but also that I am able to learn more about things I can do on my own. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity the program presents.”
Meet the Team:
The Solution: Dual Functioning Cane
The team invented a novel cane with four legs, three of which are deployed by a quick release mechanism for lateral support. This creates four contact points with the ground when the device is fully open, or in “play mode”. The device also functions as a traditional cane when erect, or in “walk mode”.